In much of 2008 and early 2009, I frequently wrote about the impact of the recession on marketing research. There were many clear signs that the industry was experiencing reduced revenues. By the middle of 2009, things appeared to be turning around. I believe we are approaching full recovery. There are many positive signs:
- The Research Industry Index (RII) http://www.mra-net.org/news/article.cfm?aID=1073 experienced a strong increase for the first quarter of 2010.
- I was just in Boston for the MRA Annual Conference. The mood was very different from a year ago. Instead of talks of surviving or downsizing; people seemed energized, confident and excited. Other positive signs – the conference set a record for first time attendees and the exhibit hall was completely sold out.
- Our own company has seen a steady flow of projects from a diverse group of verticals. Yes, clients are still cautious, but they are spending.
Are you seeing the same turnaround?